I never thought about heat causing absenteeism, but I have to admit that if I had to work in an unairconditioned office in the hot weather (pretty much April to September where I live) I would do anything to get out of it.

It's hard to believe I have pioneer ancestors. I shame them so!
Here in Minneapolis, the heat index on Tuesday was 120 Fahrenheit, and I don't have air-conditioning in my house. Not surprisingly, I wasn't all that reluctant to go to work. I, too, would shame my pioneer ancestors. (And by pioneer, I mean Viking.)
Twice the size of her desk; I worry how big the microwave in the break room must be.

Maybe there are two people inside each unit, blowing across ice cubes.
Is it just me or is there kind of a "Hal" or "Big Brother" element to that air-conditioner... it kinda freaks me out. It's so effing BIG!
The first thing I thought of when I read "air conditioning" and "absenteeism" was how whole-building HVAC systems have a reputation for allowing one employee's cold germs to circulate throughout the whole workplace, thus making it much easier for one person to take down an entire department than if they had to do it the old-fashioned way, walking around and sneezing into every room.
Damn. If I had a giant AC unit next to my desk, I'd call in sick...I'd be freezing if I had to sit next to that thing!
When I lived in the Philippines, it seemed like time stopped when the Marcos regime came in, stripped the country of its finances and spent them on shoes. There were high end buildings that still had these monster air conditioners. A big air conditioner blowing like that around me would put me to sleep.